By Kamila Aliyeva
Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Manabu Horii announced the relaxation of visa requirements for short-term stay for Azerbaijani ordinary passport holders during his visit to Baku.
The new measures will come into effect for applications submitted on or after December 1, 2017, the Japanese Foreign Ministry reported on September 15.
The scope of applicants eligible for multiple entry visas for short-term stay with business purposes and for cultural and intellectual figures will be expanded. The validity period of the visas will also be extended from 3 to 5 years maximum.
Moreover, the letter of reference from guarantor will not be required for applicants of visas for short-term stay in case they are self-financing their travels to Japan.
“The relaxation of visa requirements is expected to further advance people-to-people exchanges with Azerbaijan, including improvement of convenience for tourists and business persons as well as an increase in the number of visitors to Japan,” the ministry reported.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Japan was one of the first countries to support Azerbaijan's forward-looking oil strategy. Today two major Japanese companies Itochu and Impex are involved in the Contract of the Century. Leaders of Japanese business, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Marubeni, and Sojits are involved in energy and infrastructure projects in the country.
The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Japan amounted to $22.08 million in January-March of 2017, according to the Azerbaijan's State Customs Committee.
Kamila Aliyeva is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Kami_Aliyeva
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